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Handout C: “Another Dam Breaks”

Handout C: “Another Dam Breaks”

Background: In the 2010 case, Citizens United v. F.E.C., the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that the First Amendment protects citizens, or associations of citizens, from being punished for engaging in political speech.

Used by permission of Matt Wuerker

Critical Thinking Questions

  1. What does the cartoonist predict will be the effect of the Citizens United ruling?
  2. What assumptions does the cartoonist seem to make about voters? Are they valid assumptions? Explain.
  3. Compare and contrast this cartoon to Handout B: “The Bosses of the Senate,” with respect to the issue(s) they highlight. How do you think James Madison would react to these two cartoons?